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Best Art Basel Miami Artists

This is the week that the entire art world descends on South Florida for the annual art fair/excuse to party that is Miami Art Basel. It, and its satellite shows, are the premiere place to see — and buy, maybe — new work from established and emerging artists represented by galleries from around the world. We asked David Wilfert — the editor of art, style, and culture Website The World's Best Ever — to give us the rundown on the five artists everyone should be checking for during and after the fairs:

1. George Condo

It seems that everywhere you look these days you see work by George Condo, and Art Basel is no exception. Six galleries in total are showing the work of this New York-based artist. Thanks in part to Kanye West having the good taste to select him as the cover artist for his most recent album, alongside collaborations with Supreme and Adam Kimmel, plus an upcoming 25 year retrospective at the New Museum, the painter and sculptor is definitely having a moment. All of these facts just lead to one revelation: Forget about buying a condo — buy a Condo.



My Zombie, Myself: Why Modern Life Feels Rather Undead

By CHUCK KLOSTERMAN December 3, 2010

ZOMBIES are a value stock. They are wordless and oozing and brain dead, but they’re an ever-expanding market with no glass ceiling. Zombies are a target-rich environment, literally and figuratively. The more you fill them with bullets, the more interesting they become. Roughly 5.3 million people watched the first episode of “The Walking Dead” on AMC, a stunning 83 percent more than the 2.9 million who watched the Season 4 premiere of “Mad Men.” This means there are at least 2.4 million cable-ready Americans who might prefer watching Christina Hendricks if she were an animated corpse.

Statistically and aesthetically that dissonance seems perverse. But it probably shouldn’t. Mainstream interest in zombies has steadily risen over the past 40 years. Zombies are a commodity that has advanced slowly and without major evolution, much like the staggering creatures George Romero popularized in the 1968 film “Night of the Living Dead.” What makes that measured amplification curious is the inherent limitations of the zombie itself: You can’t add much depth to a creature who can’t talk, doesn’t think and whose only motive is the consumption of flesh. You can’t humanize a zombie, unless you make it less zombie-esque. There are slow zombies, and there are fast zombies— that’s pretty much the spectrum of zombie diversity. It’s not that zombies are changing to fit the world’s condition; it’s that the condition of the world seems more like a zombie offensive. Something about zombies is becoming more intriguing to us. And I think I know what that something is.


10 Alien Types We Wish Were Real

By Graeme McMillan on December 2, 2010 Okay, so NASA hasn't announced that it's discovered evidence of extra-terrestrial life, as was rumored/hoped for as soon as today's press conference was announced earlier this week. And while the discovery of an entirely new lifeform that redefines life as we know it is nothing to be sneezed at - Anything that actually deserves the sentence "Everything you knew about [Subject X] is wrong is more than alright with me - the idea of someone actually discovering alien life got me thinking... What fictional aliens do I wish we'd somehow manage to find first? Here are 10 suggestions for the extra-terrestrials that would make our first contact a pleasant experience. ...